Sr. Project Engineer

This position fulfills the need for composites design engineering of new products from conception, through drawing realization, tool design, prototyping, testing, production implementation and process improvement.  This hands-on position also assists production in improving production processes.

Primary responsibilities are to provide technical expertise, support, and direction to the design relating to manufacturability, cost, and work-flow.  Manage prototype builds. Work closely with customer to recommend design alterations to improve the quality of products, their performance and/or manufacturability and perform engineering design evaluations of complex projects.  Responsible for transforming highly complex components and assembly designs into working documents using computer aided design (CAD) software.

Reporting

Engineering Manager

 

Primary Functions

  • Oversees multiple projects and completes them on schedule with minimal supervision.
  • Suggest and implement practical solutions in applying lean manufacturing principles and quality processes and procedures.
  • Assists with new product development: Product research, design, and modeling
  • Extensive and proficient use of Solid-Works CAD software (Catia and UG available).
  • Structural analysis, stress analysis / sizing and structural testing experience a plus. (software lease as required).
  • Tooling design: Modeling of complex geometry to develop tooling; specifying and quoting of tooling; supervision of tooling fabrication and implementation.
  • New project management (through prototype fabrication and production assimilation).
  • Research and propose new manufacturing technologies that will improve production capabilities and reduce product cost.
  • Develop detailed manufacturing plans to include make vs. buy decisions, manufacturing location, work flow, layout and requirements for resources, facilities and tooling.
  • Responsible for supporting manufacturing pre-production and production activities.
  • Provides information for the preparation of manufacturing plans, test equipment documents, cost proposals and facility improvements.
  • May train production employees in the fabrication of composite products, operation of specialized equipment, lean manufacturing and quality.
  • Responsible for designing a variety of tools, jigs and fixtures that will assist in increasing production efficiency.
  • Responsible for reviewing engineering designs for manufacturing feasibility and recommending design changes that will enhance production, eliminate variation.
  • Responsible for reducing production cost by undertaking make/buy, value engineering studies. Improves and streamlines processes by eliminating waste utilizing value engineering, cost saving ideas and root cause analysis of nonconformance.
  • Coordinate and supervise internal mechanical and physical property testing as well as sub-contracted testing services in support of product development activities.

 

SECONDARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Setup and maintenance of job instruction/routings/BOM via Syteline system
  • Assist with CNC programming (Unigraphics).
  • Responsible for investigating engineering problems during fabrication, test, and assembly operations and initiating corrective action.
  • Creates manufacturing process planning and bills of material in the most economical way while employing lean manufacturing methodologies.
  • Any other functions necessary to sustain company operations.
  • Assist program management with scheduling, budgeting, and technical oversight.
  • Support sales and business development activities through preparation of estimates and schedules for new product development proposals.

Competencies

  • Must have good interpersonal skills and be able to interface with all levels of employees.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret customer specification documents, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations.
  • Ability to write comprehensible drawings, specifications, reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and employees.
  • Computer literate (Word, Excel, Power Point, MS Project & Visual Basic preferred).
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Basic acumen of Accounting and budgeting principles necessary to read and interpret project budget statements, financial reports, and meet financial objectives for assigned area and programs.

Education, Experience & Skills Prerequisite

  • Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing or Mechanical Engineering plus four years applicable experience.
  • Proficient in non-linear composite structural design and analysis utilizing FEMAP/NASTRAN
  • Strong expertise with 3D Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software. Nastran, MSC NASTRAN, Siemens PLM NX Nastran, FEMAP, ANSYS, or equivalent a plus.
  • Proficient with 3-D CAD design tools, especially Solid-Works &/or Unigraphics and CATIA are optional tools.
  • Experience with CNC programming software such as Unigraphics, Mastercam and Esprit
  • Good hands-on working knowledge of composite manufacturing processes and techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of lean manufacturing.
  • Strong mechanical and fabrication skills.
  • Must possess the ability to work with a broad range of organizations, both internally and externally, and have a strong bias towards customer satisfaction and working in a team environment.
  • Compliance with AS9100 processes and procedures.
  • Proficiency in a wide range of fabrication and manufacturing processes associated with component and system level production.

 Incorporate our Core Values daily:

  • Serve Others: Strive to serve others by putting their needs first; help people develop and perform as highly as possible.
  • Integrity: Ability to conduct all matters with honesty, respect and high moral character.
  • Excellence: Ability to achieve outstanding results in all you do.
  • Humility: Ability to seek understanding and constructive criticism when holding yourself and others accountable.
  • Innovation: Ability to envision what could be by challenging the way things have been.
  • Fulfillment: Ability to find satisfaction and meaning in your work by developing your capabilities to create the greatest value.
  • Continuous Improvement: Ability to leverage knowledge and experiences to improve how you serve others.

 

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

EOE-race/gender/veteran/disabled/sexual orientation/gender identity